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  • How Data Analytics is Changing the Manufacturing Landscape

    The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the landscape of the U.S. manufacturing industry.  Companies that understand the patterns and trends and position themselves to prepare for the impending advances will most certainly gain a competitive edge… Read More

  • Sightline Delivers Requested Feature Upgrades for EDM 5.4 Release

    Today, Sightline Systems released a minor version upgrade of its award-winning Enterprise Data Management solution, EDM 5.4. The newest release of EDM 5.4 provides powerful and convenient features that have requested by Sightline customers, including the ability to… Read More

  • Top Five Reasons IT Performance Monitoring is Essential to Your Business

    As an IT professional, your job is to ensure continual systems availability and to mitigate risk. Monitoring your IT infrastructure is an essential part of your overall IT strategy, yet many companies either don’t have an effective system… Read More

  • Creating Compound Expression Alerts in Sightline EDM

    1. Log into Sightline EDM 2. Add an Alert Group Navigate to the Alerts Tab Navigate to the Alert Groups Tab Click the “Add Alert Group” button OR edit an existing Alert Group. Fill in the fields and… Read More

  • Installing and Updating the Power Agent on Windows Systems

    We have had several inquiries about silent installs and updates for the Sightline Power Agents. Silent installs and updates for Windows Power Agents are accomplished by creating a response file, documented here.

  • New EDM 4.2, New Honor, New Website, New Virtual Appliance & New Jobs

    The New Sightline Systems Site. Earlier this summer we launched our new website. It’s clearer, more responsive, works on mobile devices and offers a cleaner, more modern look. You’ll also notice that we’ve added a blog and an… Read More

  • Sightline in the vCenter Environment

    Sightline in the vCenter Environment. The Sightline Performance Management Solution is a perfect complement to your organization’s vCenter implementation. When used together, Sightline can save you time and money, while providing the peace of mind that your systems… Read More

  • Doubling the Charting Speed of Sightline EDM

    Sightline can collect data from over 7,500 different metrics across multiple OS platforms.  One of the important features of Sightline Enterprise Data Manager (EDM) is to visualize the data. Once the data is collected we use a charting… Read More

  • Sightline Power Agents for Linux and Windows Systems

    Software Releases Sightline is pleased to announce the release of the Sightline Power Agent for Linux Systems, version 6.5.6. This is the initial release of the Sightline Power Agent for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, Red Hat Enterprise… Read More

  • Torch 4R7G Software Release

    Sightline is pleased to announce the release of version 4R7G of the Sightline Torch Capacity Manager software for Unisys® ClearPath OS 2200 Systems. Torch enables you to measure, analyze and control the capacity and performance of your OS… Read More

  • New Sightline Power Agent for Windows Systems

    Sightline Systems is pleased to announce the release of the Sightline Power Agent for Microsoft® Windows 2008 and Windows 2012 Systems. This release, version 6.5.32.10, includes exciting new features as well as stability updates. New Features New Network… Read More

  • Automated Capacity Planning with Sightline

    Information technology executives must analyze current and future capacity of the IT infrastructure on a regular basis to avoid critical failures and to make informed purchasing decisions. You may also need to generate periodic capacity reports to meet… Read More

  • Sightline Highlights – February 19, 2015

    Sightline Systems recognized on CRN’s 2015 Data Center Top 100  Sightline Systems has been recognized in CRN’s 2015 Data Center 100 list as one of the 20 Top Data Center Tool Providers. The CRN editorial staff reviews thousands… Read More

  • The Sightline Software Suite: Where Does EDM Fit?

    We spend a lot of time telling you about Sightline EDM, so this week we’ll provide an overall description of exactly what it is, what it does, and where it fits into the big picture of the Sightline… Read More

  • Sightline Highlights: Monitoring your vCenter Environment

    Sightline in the vCenter Environment. The Sightline Performance Management Solution is a perfect complement to your organization’s vCenter implementation. When used together, Sightline can save you time and money, while providing the peace of mind that your systems… Read More

  • The year in review — 2014 at Sightline Systems

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year from Sightline Systems As we approach the end of 2014, we’d like to look back at some of the topics we’ve presented through the year. If there’s a subject you’d like… Read More

  • Alerts Post-Processing in EDM

    Sightline EDM provides a powerful alerting system, enabling you to send notifications based on the threshold conditions that meet the needs of your environment, as well as tracking of active and resolved alerts. EDM also provides notification when… Read More

  • EDM 4.1 Available on December 5, 2014

    Sightline is pleased to announce the release of Enterprise Data Manager (EDM) version 4.1. EDM 4.1 includes exciting new UI updates and automation enhancements designed to help you maintain control of your environment and stay ahead of the… Read More

  • Sightline in the vCenter Environment

    The Sightline Performance Management Solution is a perfect complement to your organization’s vCenter implementation. With Sightline, your organization can: Maintain detailed performance data based on your organization’s retention objectives. vCenter summarizes data and may not provide the long-term… Read More

  • Sightline Highlights – Nov. 17, 2014

    JBoss tmp directory maintenance Are you running EDM? As part of the normal operation of the JBoss container that Sightline uses, it creates temporary files in the jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/standalone/tmp folder. With each restart of EDM (and thus the JBoss… Read More

  • Comparing Data Sets Using Sightline EDM

    Using Sightline EDM, there are multiple methods available to compare two or more sets of data. In this example, we’re using the data from test systems in the Sightline office, but the data sets could come from any… Read More

  • The Sightline Solution for Performance and Security Monitoring

    At Sightline we’ve specialized in performance data management. We realize, though, that with performance data you can do so much more than just monitor the performance of your infrastructure. With that in mind, we’ve developed the Sightline Knowledge… Read More

  • Sightline … from Mainframes to VMs

    What do you have in your IT environment? Hardware, operating systems, applications, storage. Sightline can help you monitor and manage it. You might be surprised by the wide range of data sources that we support. In addition to… Read More

  • Using Workloads in Sightline

    Workloads are a powerful tool in the Sightline software suite. But what exactly are workloads, and what can you do with them? We’d like to take this opportunity to explore workloads… how workloads are defined, what information is… Read More

  • Using the VM Count metric from vCenter

    We’re often asked about the metrics we collect, whether we collect certain information, or how we would represent a specific situation. An interesting metric collected from vCenter is VM Count. Do you know exactly how many VMs you… Read More

  • Using Sightline to Reduce Downtime

    This is a story about Max, the Service Level Manager. Max is working in his office when he receives an email. He opens it to find an alert from Sightline; the email alert also includes Clairvor results that… Read More

  • What EDM can do for you

    We wanted to give you an overview of the features you’ll see in EDM — a couple of old favorites and some new additions: views, ACLs, vCenter monitoring, Alert Status, Utilization and capacity reports and forecasting. The Alert Status… Read More

  • Utilization Reports in EDM 4.0

    One of the cool new features from our development group is the Utilization Report. Right out-of-the-box you can view the CPU, disk, network and memory health of all systems that have been discovered across the network. From the… Read More

  • Sightline EDM 4.0 for Capacity Planning

    Predicting what your infrastructure is going to do in the future can be a truly monumental task. With the capacity planning functionality in Sightline you can easily create supporting documentation to provide you with the necessary information to… Read More

  • EDM 4.0 Released on September 1, 2014

    Sightline is please to announce the release of Enterprise Data Manager (EDM) version 4.0. EDM 4.0 introduces several exciting new features designed to help automate capacity planning, forecasting, and security activities in your IT environment: ForSight for capacity… Read More

  • Sightline Compliance Solution for CDM

    A Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program (CDM) seeks to defend IT networks from cyber security threats by providing continuous monitoring sensors (tools), diagnosis, mitigation tools and dashboards to strengthen the security posture of networks. There are four mandatory… Read More

  • Configuring Clairvor

    Clairvor automates the root cause analysis process – the process of analyzing data from multiple sources, including correlation, drill down and visualization. By automating numerous root cause analysis steps, Clairvor’s RCA functionality helps you save time and increase… Read More

  • Capacity Planning with Sightline EDM

    Being able to correctly predict what your infrastructure is going to do in the future can be a truly monumental task. By utilizing the capacity planning functionality within Sightline you can easily create supporting documentation to provide you… Read More

  • Using Views and Subviews in EDM

    EDM provides the ability to create views for displaying lists of objects in the UI. By creating views you can select the columns that will be displayed, and also specify filtering characteristics (conditions) for the items to be… Read More

  • Controlling access to views in EDM by setting ACLs

    EDM provides the ability to create views for displaying lists of objects in the UI. By creating views you can select the columns that will be displayed, and also specify filtering characteristics (conditions) for the items to be… Read More

  • New Power Agent for Stratus VOS Systems

    We’re pleased to announce the release of the Sightline Power Agent for Stratus VOS Systems, version 6.5.46.3 for OpenVOS 17. This release includes XML improvements for monitoring ftScalable storage arrays, among other updates. The release software is available… Read More

  • Monitoring VMware vCenter with Sightline

    Sightline offers in-depth monitoring of your entire virtual environment. We utilize two different strategies to provide you with the best overall view of your virtual environment. First, we look at your vCenter Servers to provides an overview of… Read More

  • Trouble with System Performance?

    Performance Monitoring During Project Development and Rollout You have a project. You have a deadline. How do you get from here to done, on time, on budget and with the right results? The best offense is a good… Read More

  • Data visualization in EDM: Who you are influences what you want to see

    Visualization of data sounds like an easy proposition; collect data and display it. But there’s a lot more to it than that! What data should be displayed? If you collect data from, say, 200 systems, do you want… Read More

  • Sightline Around the World

    Sightline Systems Japan partner SRA/Credist launches a new cloud service offering based on Sightline Performance Management capabilities. Sightline software will help clients scale to the cloud, efficiently leveraging advanced utilization and forecasting of necessary resources, to ensure that… Read More

  • Data Visualization in EDM

    Visualization of data sounds like an easy proposition; collect data and display it. But there’s a lot more to it than that! What data should be displayed? If you collect data from, say, 200 systems, do you want… Read More

  • Tip: Clustering EDM Instances

    This week’s Ask John question is from Oscar Jiminez at Megadata Information Solutions in Costa Rica. Thanks, Oscar! Question: In an EDM high availability hypothetical scenario (2 EDMs working as active/active nodes), can both EDMs can share the… Read More

  • Tip: Configuring Sightline EDM to Use SSL

    Security is always a concern for IT teams. Sightline EDM has you covered by providing support for Secure Socket Layer (SSL) which secures your browser communications with the EDM Server. Click here for configuration details.

  • Tip: Installing the Linux Power Agent as a Non-Root User

    The Sightline Power Agent for Linux Systems is required to be installed from a user with full root access. However, this is not always possible. This document provides steps to grant root privileges to non-root users, so that… Read More

  • Tip: Monitoring Real Memory Utilization in Linux

    Linux uses RAM memory for disk caching to speed up the system. This means that the Mem % Free metric will consistently be low, perhaps 5%, when the system is actually only using 50% of the RAM. In… Read More

  • Tip: Monitoring Java

    In addition to the in-depth operating system metrics that Sightline collects for virtually all platforms, Sightline can collect and analyze performance metrics for many Java J2EE servers including IBM WebSphere Application Server and RedHat JBoss. This allows alerting,… Read More

  • Tip: Display the Sum of a Metric Across Multiple Data Sources

    Q: Can I display the sum of a metric across multiple data sources? A: Yes. Visualization in EDM includes a sum across data sources feature. When you create a chart, click the Sum Across Data Sources checkbox. Add… Read More